Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

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Watching Gourmet Grow
Photo: Hannah Whitaker

Watching Gourmet Grow

In the three years since Cooking Light began giving these awards, the number of small-batch food producers has grown deliriously, and so has the quality of their products.

The pickling craze of 2010 simmered down, leaving room for a burst of intricate preserves, as well as a noisy party of superb small-batch liquor and beer. Most of these items can be ordered online. Shipping can be expensive, so we favored products that deliver a uniquely regional experience or make special gifts.

We did not focus on low-fat foods: When the quality is this high, you can enjoy a little less and truly savor.

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